TNN | Jul 5, 2014, 06.32 AM IST

PHAGWARA: Death of an undertrial, who was arrested for drug peddling, at civil hospital triggered protest and his relatives and villagers on Friday blocked the national highway No. 1 at Phagwara for 2 hours, disrupting traffic.

The 20-year-old undertrial, Gurpreet Singh Gopi, booked under NDPS Act, was shifted to the hospital on Thursday night after his condition worsened at Phagwara sub jail. His relatives and supporters assaulted a doctor and a few staff members at the civil hospital. The protesters even blocked the NH and manhandled commuters. There was no police presence on the NH and connecting roads, when the crowd blocked the roads and intimidated commuters, demanding that the jail staff be handed over to them. They even blocked the connecting roads to NH, including Hoshiarpur road and Nakodar road.

Gurpreet Singh Gopi was arrested by CIA wing of Phagwara on July 21 and he was lodged in Phagwara sub-jail. Police had claimed that he was arrested with 6gm heroin from village Narangshahpur. However, the protesters on Friday claimed that he was picked up from his Mahlan village, near Goraya, and was implicated in the drug case. However, CIA wing officials claimed that he was a drug peddler.

Jail officials said on Thursday night he complained of uneasiness and was shifted to Civil Hospital around 8.30 pm where he died. His family and residents of the village alleged that he was not given proper medical care.

Civil Hospital staff staged a dharna in the hospital on Friday demanding action against those who assaulted the doctors. Protesters from Mahlan village blocked traffic around 11am on National Highway, disrupting traffic for hours. The blockade was lifted around 1pm after police conveyed to the protestors that a judicial probe was being held in the case.

Phagwara SP Gursewak Singh Brar said they had asked the hospital staff to file a complaint.

Phagwara judicial magistrate Rupinder Singh has started an inquiry into the incident.

Courtesy: The Times of India.


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